The Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said on Sunday it’s going to be a “great Christmas” and defiantly he defended not to reintroduce tighter restrictions.
Javid told Sky News it would be “irresponsible to make guarantees” and the new measures the Prime Minister introduced will “buy us time” so that scientists can assess the new variant.
Javid added, “People should continue with their plans as normal for Christmas, I think it’s going to be a great Christmas.
He said that social distancing and working from home orders carries “a very heavy price, economically, socially, in terms of non-COVID health outcomes.”
Javid added, “If one was to make decisions like that they’d have to be made very very carefully, we’re not there yet, we’re nowhere near that.”
Challenged by Sky News’ Trevor Phillips On Sunday on whether people will listen to being told wearing masks is now mandatory, given a drop in the public wearing masks, Javid said, “This is about protecting the progress we’ve made.
“You said in your estimation about a third of people don’t wear masks but I would think you probably haven’t been taking those soundings since people have begun to understand more about this new variant and why the government has thought these new measures are appropriate.
“I do think people will take this more seriously and I think that will apply to public transport, it will apply to shops, it will be a regulation as it has been before.
“But it’s important to react in a proportionate, and also a temporary way, I hope this is something we can remove within weeks.”